Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Golf Ball Drop Activity {100 Days of Play}

We are thrilled to be taking part in the 100 Days of Play 
hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo! 

Today, we are sharing an activity that is super simple to set up at home. All you need is 2 or 3 separate containers and about a dozen small objects for filling and emptying. 

Lately, Kz loves to tote around golf balls (...that I deviously "borrowed" from daddy's golf bag) and I've been finding them everywhere ever since.  In toy bins, on shelves, in the seat cushions, under the couch... everywhere. One day, after spending WAY too much time retrieving them from every corner of the house, I decided to set up a little station that would allow Kz to use them more productively. 

I found these two containers from a recent trip to the grocery store (they previously held cherry tomatoes). The hole in the top was just the right size for a golf ball. Any box or container will do. Try using an old wipes box or a shoe box with the hole cutout.

I took another container and filled it with the golf balls I had spent the last hour collecting (No, no, I'm not bitter). I placed the reserve in the center and put one golf ball in one of the quirky containers as an invitation to play. 

First he explored the new containers.

And then he started filling them! 

He filled the red one first. When no golf balls remained, he tried to reach in and take them out with his fingers but the opening was too small. Stumped, he started to shake the container and when one fell out, he excitedly continued to shake. I showed him how to turn the container upside down to help the balls fall out more easily.  

Onto the yellow one! For an older child, this can become a great activity for counting, addition, subtraction or number balancing. 

Kz loved dropping the golf balls from way high up into the center bin. He continued to practice putting them into the smaller containers and watching them fall as he shook them out.

The best part of this activity was not having to crawl around the house to find all the golf balls when he was finished! Success! 

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  1. What a fun activity! The problem I had since my kids are close in age is that one of them would start throwing or messing up whatever activity I set up for the other one :) I love having two boys, but they can be an adventure!

    1. Oh no! Maybe you can make it so that they compete by racing to fill their own container??? Or better yet, have them compete against you so they are working together! Thanks for taking the time to comment Ann :)

  2. I love this activity Krissy!! We buy those same cherry tomatoes. I may have to try this in a couple months when K is a bit older!! :) I love Kz's pajamas btw!

    1. How crazy are those containers! I was like, "I clearly have to do something with these." Kz loves those pajamas too! He chooses them from his drawer, it's the cutest. Thx for the blog love, Blayne!

  3. Such a fun way to play!! Sorry I'm a bit behind. I have gotten your post linked and shared. Thanks so much for joining our 100 Days of Play!


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